Research on Medicinal Plants: Panax Notoginseng and Ardisia Elliptica as Examples

Author

Koh H. L.
Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore

Language

English

Title

Research on Medicinal Plants: Panax Notoginseng and Ardisia Elliptica as Examples

Proceeding

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Seminar (MAPS 2010)

Date

3rd August - 4th August 2010

Place Held

Forest Research Institute Malaysia(FRIM)

Abstract

Medicinal plants have been and will continue to be important sources of lead compounds and novel therapeutics. In this presentation, research efforts on medicinal plants (related to quality. efficacy and drug discovery) will be shared using two examples: a Chinese herbal medicine (Panax notoginseng or Sanqi) and a native medicinal plant (Ardisia elliptica or Mata Ayam). Panax notoginseng is a highly regarded Traditional Chinese Medicinal herb. The raw form is haemostatic, improves blood circulation and disperses blood clots while the steamed form is claimed to be a tonic for the blood. Investigations on the anti-platelet and anticoagulant activities of both forms will be presented. Ardisia elliptica is a medicinal plant traditionally used for alleviating chest pains, treatment of fever, diarrhoea, liver poisoning and partuntion complications. Using bioassay guided fractionation, an anti-platelet component, more active than aspirin, has been isolated and purified from Ardisia elliptica.

Keywords

Panax notoginseng; Ardisia elliptica; anti-platelet; anticoagulant

Session

Session 2: Invited Lecture 4

Topic

Harnessing the Tropical heritage: Recent Advances in R&D and commercialization